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I have been having horrible headaches every day for over a week. I have been using a nettie pot and taking sudafed. Today I was having hot spells and wonder if I may have a sinus infection. I really do not feel like being out of bed

Doctor's Assistant: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?

Lately it has been daily. I wake up with a horrible sinus headache. No nausea

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I have had allergy issues my entire life

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Medical
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Hello. Allergies predispose one to sinus infections. This is because they cause the tiny tubes (ostia) that drain the sinuses to close off, such that the mucous gets trapped and bacteria proliferate. This may be the cause of headaches such as you describe, as well as facial pain, discharge, sore throat, foul breath, etc. When antihistamines and decongestants (and nasal rinsing) fail to clear the sinuses, antibiotics are often required. In difficult cases, we sometimes treat for 3-4 weeks. Your doc should be able to make the diagnosis by physical exam and history, but if there is any doubt, a "sinus CT" will give you all the information you need to rule it in or rule it out.

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